29th Annual National Night Out
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
"America's Night Out Against Crime"
In August of each year, neighborhoods throughout Nampa are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the Annual "National Night Out" crime and drug prevention event.
National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Nampa Police Department. This event covers over 9,700 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and U.S. military bases around the world. Over 33 million people are expected to participate in "America's Night Out Against Crime" in August. Nampa Police Department has won national awards for it's level of participation in this program.
National Night Out is designed to:
- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
- Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts.
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnership.
- Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
In August, residents in neighborhoods throughout Nampa and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout Nampa will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, ice cream socials, parades, contests, youth activities, anti-crime rallies, with visits from Mayor Tom Dale, Chief Craig Kingsbury, Deputy Chief Brad Daniels, McGruff the Crime Dog, and various other police and fire personnel.
"Give Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party"
Start planning your Nampa neighborhood event now! Be creative, let's work together to help strengthen neighborhood and police partnerships as well as improve crime, drug and violence prevention.
If you need help planning your National Night Out get-together call Crime Prevention Officer Nena Vigil at (208) 468-5571.
For more information on National Night Out, "America's Night Out Against Crime," log onto: www.natw.org (National Association of Town Watch).
The National Night Out Crime Prevention Fair is the kick off for the National Night Out events. It usually takes place one week before National Night Out, and is held at Nampa's Lakeview Park. Recently we have had to forgo the large scale version of this event held at the park due to a lack of funds, but we do plan to bring it back when funds allow.
The Crime Prevention Fair includes displays and demonstrations from multiple law enforcement and emergency responder agencies from all across southwest Idaho. Recent attractions included a Blackhawk helicopter flying in, a climbing wall, the TRT (SWAT) team, Bomb Robot, K-9 demos, Search & Rescue Dogs, Fish and Game, Lil Al, NPD recruitment, several law enforcement agencies, Nampa Fire, Civil Air Patrol, Young Marines, Mercy & EMS child car seat installation, games for the kids and more. Idaho Search & Rescue performed a missing persons search with their search dogs and the band 31 Flavors also played. Children had the opportunity to meet and get autographs from Mrs. Idaho, Miss Idaho and Little Miss Idaho. There was also free hamburgers and hot dogs, Pepsi, snow cones, and cotton candy. Attendees also had the opportunity to dunk police officers in the dunk tank!
If you are interested in attending this event, hosting a booth, sponsoring the event, or starting a similar event in your jurisdiction, please contact Nena Vigil for more information.
Nampa Police Department is actively involved in the McGruff Crime Prevention program. If you would like McGruff to attend your event and cover crime prevention tips, please contact Nena Vigil a minimum of 2 weeks in advance. (Preferably longer in advance).
For more information on the McGruff program, click here.
Nampa Police Department is actively involved in the Neighborhood watch program, and is working towards having every community involved. We will come out and do the presentation and help you get started, as well as order signs and other necessities for your Neighborhood Watch. (Your Neighborhood Watch group is responsible for sign expenses, and NPD facilitates the sign order with USAonwatch).
This is a great program, to help neighbors get to know one another, and learn who belongs in their community and who doesn't. Get involved and help keep your community safe today!
If you are interested in starting a neighborhood watch in your area, contact Nena Vigil for information.
Fingerprinting your child is a very good idea and Nampa Police can help. If your child is ever abducted or lost, fingerprints can help law enforcement identify your child and increase the chance of their proper identification and safe return home.
We offer child fingerprinting and encourage groups, such as Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts, or church groups to come in for a tour of the department and to be fingerprinted. If you are interested in bringing your group through for fingerprinting, please contact Nena Vigil for scheduling.
The Nampa Police Department is proud to be part of the PAL (Police Athletic League) program. This program is designed to offer positive, wholesome and character building activities in well-supervised and safe settings. We offer youth football, outdoor programs (hiking, rock climbing, etc), weight training, boxing and more. We will be starting equestrian events soon as well.
For information on offered activities, or how to get your child involved, please contact;
Sgt Milt Greenwood 468-5605 Football, Boxing & Equestrian
Sgt Tim Randall 761-9184 Outdoor Activities
For more information call Nampa PAL at 208-468-5640 or go to the Nampa PAL website.